To celebrate 20 years of Brunch on the Bay, USF Sarasota-Manatee hosted the Unstoppable at 20 Gala on campus to recognize 20 years of raising money for local undergraduate scholarships.
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee hosted its annual Student Research Symposium on Friday, October 25. This program offers USF Sarasota-Manatee students an opportunity to present research, learn from peers and network with USFSM Faculty members. Graduate and undergraduate students from all USFSM Colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business, Education and Hospitality & Technology Leadership) are encouraged to submit an abstract describing their research results or art project.
“USFSM is unique in how this program is supported,” said Dr. Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “While led by faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences, coordination and support of the event is a collaborative effort of faculty in all four colleges, Student Services staff, and Student Government Association (SGA) leaders.”
SGA pays for up to four undergraduate students whose work is judged to be the best of the Symposium to attend the prestigious National Conference for Undergraduate Research, to be held at the University of Kentucky in April 2014.
Awards are split into two categories: oral and poster presentations. For the oral presentation category, the first place winner was Vanja Bogicevic. She presented her research topic on “Airport Service Quality Drivers of Passenger Satisfaction” where she utilized visual data mining techniques to examine airport users’ positive and negative experiences. Airport management can use the study results to renovate airport facilities and improve service quality. Her mentor was Dr. Wan Yang from the College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership.
The second place winner for oral presentation was Ashley Metelus, who is now eligible for the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) travel award. She conducted her research in Africa, on “Educational Challenges During and Post War in Uganda”, and discussed the struggles children face while attempting to receive an education. Her mentor was Dr. Jody Lynn McBrien from the College of Education.
The third place recipient was Katie Raines who is also eligible for the NCUR travel award. Her presentation was entitled “Origins and Effects of Geographical and Cultural Relocation for Deaf-Supportive Families”, in which she talked about the experiences of families that have elected to preserve deaf culture in their children’s education. Her research encompassed investigating the factors and conditions inspiring families with deaf members to make geographical/cultural changes specific to their children’s learning. Her mentor was Dr. Melissa Sloan from the College of Arts and Sciences.
For the poster presentation winners, first place was awarded to Eric Geimer who is now eligible for NCUR travel award. His mentor was Dr. Melissa Sloan from the College of Arts and Sciences. The title of his research project was “Efficacy of Mathematics Education” and his research explored how mathematics education in America is currently inadequate.
Pearl Vega won second place for poster presentation with her project, “Latino Ethnic-identity and Self-perception and How it Translates to Higher Education Completion or Abandonment”, which explored Hispanic students’ personal views and beliefs about their ethnic identity and self-perception as they relate to their educational success and college decisions. Her mentor was Dr. Melissa Sloan from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Finally, Ann Weatherby received third place in the poster presentation category, and is also eligible for the NCUR travel award. Her project was titled “Religiosity: Does Personality Make a Difference?” where she examined the relationship between different personality characteristics and religiosity in the emerging adult population. Her mentor was Dr. Richard Reich from the College of Arts & Sciences.
“I believe that our annual Student Research Symposium, more than any other single event, demonstrates what makes USF Sarasota-Manatee unique” said Dr. Rose. “Our undergraduate students have the opportunity to pursue scholarly research with faculty mentors, and to share their work beyond the classroom.”
For more information on the Student Research Symposium, please visit http://legacy.usfsm.edu/research/
In celebration of all the veterans associated with USF Sarasota-Manatee, USFSM hosted a Veterans Appreciation Day on campus. Check out all the photos here:
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomed the Annual Southern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) and Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) Conference October 10 through 12. Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, associate professor in the College of Education, chaired the event as president elect of SRATE and FATE.
USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education was presented with the Innovation in Teacher Education Award from SRATE for its work on arts-integration through the Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT). “The recognition of our efforts through the Center for PAInT would not be possible without the partnerships that form the foundation of our work,” said Terry A. Osborn, dean of the College of Education. “This award speaks to the incredible artistic resources of our region and the collective good will of the organizations, schools, and community supporters who come alongside their university’s College of Education for the benefit of the children of our area.”
The theme of the Conference was Teacher Effectiveness: Brilliance in the Making. Approximately 250 teacher educators, students, and administration from 15 southeastern states were represented on campus: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Along with research presentations on teacher education, the conference included board meetings of SRATE, FATE and the national Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). SRATE is a regional professional organization affiliated with ATE. Its purpose is to improve teacher education, broadly conceived, in the Southeastern United States and directly or indirectly throughout the nation by its affiliation with ATE.
Two USFSM undergraduate students in the College of Education, Miriam Fleck and Naomi Jacobs, were also awarded the David Watts Scholarship for outstanding future educators. The students were nominated by Dr. Byrd-Blake based on their scholarship, service and leadership.
Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake said, “Over two hundred education professionals visited our campus for the 60th Annual SRATE Conference. The feedback received from the presenters and attendees was overwhelmingly positive. It was great to highlight what our campus has to offer to those from national, regional, state and local educational institutions.”
For more information about the Center for PAInT at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please visit www.usfsm.edu/paint
Toni Ripo, the Director of Career Services at USF Sarasota-Manatee, will periodically post blogs about tips for finding the perfect careeer. From the job search process, to the interview to resume building tips, Toni has you covered.
A good question to ask while scheduling the interview appointment is – what is the interview process? Each organization conducts the interview differently. When you receive the initial phone call, you should ask questions that will help you to prepare for the interview. But first, what if you receive the phone call when you are out with friends or via Bluetooth in your car? You can share with the caller that you would like to give him/her your undivided attention and ask if you can call back in five minutes. This would give you time to excuse yourself from friends and go to a quiet place with pen and pad in hand or pull over. Ask for the address, directions, the closest major intersection and landmarks. If at all possible, drive to the location prior to the interview to avoid the stress of being lost and running late. Being on time and prepared sends a message that you are respectful of their time and your time. It begins to set the tone as to what they can expect in your job performance. Other questions to help prepare you for the interview appointment are:
Some organizations can make a decision to hire that day. If that is the case, you need to be ready to negotiate the salary. Other organizations can take weeks to months to make a decision. They may have a series of interviews that escalate from a phone/pre-screening interview to a committee interview to a performance interview. A performance interview may require you to take a test to demonstrate your skills, make a presentation, role play or participate on a team project to determine if you really do have the skills you say you have. Knowing their process and timeframe will help you to be more effective in preparing for the interview and managing job offers. Should you schedule an interview and decide not to go, it is very important you make a courtesy phone call to inform the interviewer. Express your appreciation of their consideration of you and share your regrets in that you are moving in a different direction. Wish the employer the best of success in filling their positions.
If you follow these tips and trust yourself, you are bound to have a successful interview!
For more tips on finding the perfect career for you, or for information on Career Services, please contact Toni Rip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee offers a completely online, second bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) with a concentration in Speech-Language Sciences. Applications are now open and classes begin the summer of 2014. The degree is open only to students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in a field outside of CSD with an overall GPA of at least 2.75. The program consists of 12 upper-level major courses, plus four prerequisites that can be taken as part of the program if they were not satisfied by prior coursework.
“As a student transitioning from one field (business) to this entirely different field, the courses prepared me very well to pursue my dream of becoming a certified Speech Language Pathologist,” said Paula Millen, a student who lives in Tampa. “My interactions with the instructors alleviated any anxiety on my part about pursuing this course of study – which I found particularly outstanding in an online, virtual setting.”
Since the program is completely online, students are responsible for having technology that meets program specifications, and for completing online orientation and advising prior to registration for classes.
All cohorts begin in the summer term only, and each requires students to complete specific courses in a “lock-step sequence” each semester. The program is offered with two cohort options of either four courses per term as a full-time student or two courses per term as a part-time student.
By the end of the program, students should be able to demonstrate familiarity with the treatment of communication disorders at a level appropriate for the position of Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. They will have knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic and cultural bases which are aligned with industry standards. Graduates will have strong critical thinking skills, including the ability to engage in inductive and deductive reasoning as well as the aptitude to demonstrate written communication skills by writing clear and persuasive texts that include correctly applied professional language.
“The 2nd Bachelor’s degree program provides the education students need to be competitive in the path to a career in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology,” said Susan Fulton, Ph.D., assistant professor of Speech-Language Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences at USFSM. “Our program is tailored to give students the knowledge and skills expected of them in the future. The online format allows scheduling flexibility, distance learning and a student-centered teaching approach. The full-time and part-time cohorts have filled to capacity each year, indicating the program’s popularity. Careers in Communication Sciences and Disorders have excellent outlooks. In 2013, CareerCast.com ranked 200 jobs from best to worst. Audiology placed 4th in the list and Speech-Language Pathology placed 12th. The job growth for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology are both considered to be faster than the average for all occupations.”
Courses include: Introduction to Language Development & Disorders, Introduction to Speech Science, Introduction to Hearing Sciences, Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism, Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders, Introduction to Disorders of Hearing, Introduction to the Clinical Process( requires 25 observation hours), Neuroanatomy, Introduction to Clinical Methods and Counseling in CSD, Aural Rehabilitation, Introduction to Speech Disorders, Adult Neurogenic/Acquired Communication Disorders.
Welcome to the new USFSM.edu!
One year ago, USF Sarasota-Manatee embarked on a mission to overhaul the official university website in order to provide clear, concise information for the general public in an exciting and dynamic way.
USFSM.edu needed to become the one-stop-shop for all news, information, events and resources about USF Sarasota-Manatee and it needed to be a place where people could access that information immediately in an easy-to-find manner.
Just a short time ago, USF Sarasota-Manatee officially became a four-year institution after accepting and enrolling the first freshman class in its history for the Fall 2013 semester. Along with a group of dynamic freshmen came a wave of new stories, events and ever-changing information.
Our hope is that USFSM.edu becomes a place that will keep the public informed and engaged with the happenings at USF Sarasota-Manatee and that it continues to be a resource for faculty, staff and our students.
In the coming weeks, months and years we will share the stories and information that make USF Sarasota-Manatee unique.
So, please, check back regularly to stay up-to-date with what is going on, and feel free to send your thoughts and feedback.
Thank you and happy reading!
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is proud to announce its participation in the Legacy of Valor matching funds campaign through the creation of the Veterans Legacy Scholarship. From Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, individual donations of $25 to $1,000 made by credit card in support of the scholarship will be matched 100 percent by The Patterson Foundation.
The Legacy of Valor Campaign is a community-driven partnership created by The Patterson Foundation honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families. USFSM is one of just 12 community nonprofits that were selected to participate in the campaign.
“This campaign, along with the Veterans Legacy Scholarship demonstrates USFSM’s gratitude for the service of our country’s veterans to our community and to our university,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee.
The Veterans Legacy Scholarship supports veterans by offering a non-repayable scholarship to cover the gap between veterans’ eligibility for the GI Bill and their tuition. The scholarships will enable veterans to stay in school and not lose momentum in their studies due to financial need.
“We understand the struggles that some veterans face when returning from service,” Dr. Guilford said. “We hope that this scholarship will help to alleviate some of the stress and worry that student veterans have to deal with in their lives.”
The Patterson Foundation will match eligible donations from $25 up to $1,000 made per donor/per organization through GiveToLegacyofValor.org, a site created in partnership with The Giving Partner. The Patterson Foundation will match up to $168,500, which was the collective goal determined by the participating organizations.
“Support of veterans has always been a top priority for the USF System, and especially locally at USF Sarasota-Manatee,” said Dr. Guilford. “We hope that with the creation of this scholarship that USFSM continues to be a place where veterans can successfully complete their education.”
USF Sarasota-Manatee has over 120 student veterans currently enrolled in classes and offers a wide variety of services through the Veterans Services office on campus. In addition, USF was named the fourth most veteran-friendly college in the country by Military Times.
To help support the Veterans Legacy Scholarship and to learn more about the Legacy of Valor campaign please donate below:
PHOTO: USF Sarasota-Manatee senior Edward Valdez, Retired U.S.M.C. Master Sergeant. Served 20 years, including combat deployments in Somalia, the Adriatic Sea and Bosnia. Awarded Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
It all began four years ago with a shared vision of partnership and potential. USF Sarasota-Manatee and Mote Marine Laboratory joined together to create unprecedented opportunities for local students of higher education to prepare them for careers in highly valued Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines and a range of Life Sciences. On Thursday, Oct. 17 USFSM and Mote cut the ribbon on the recently completed teaching labs that are now in use at Mote, and ushered in a new era of science and general education offerings that are part of USFSM’s transition to a full, four-year undergraduate program.
As the construction manager on the project, Willis A. Smith Construction oversaw the build-out of the 4,600-square-foot space that includes a biology lab, chemistry lab and student teaching area. Designed by Fawley Bryant, each lab has 26 individual student stations that are served by laboratory gas and fume snorkels. There are full teaching stations in each lab with ample storage cabinets and laboratory filtered water. Also included was a lab prep area that serves both labs and features subzero freezers, autoclaves, incubators and student safety stations.
At the ribbon cutting, USFSM thanked the individual donors, foundations, friends and supporters that provided the $1.5 million for construction and lab equipment.
The university also announced the launch of its new B.S. in biology, effective fall 2014. This offering is unique for the Sarasota-Manatee community because of its small class sizes, inclusion of Mote’s world-class, professional researchers as courtesy faculty and an emphasis on inquiry-based teaching, where science is taught as it is really done. USFSM designed this program to provide a private university education in a public university setting.
The partnership with Mote also opens doors for faculty mentoring, internships and undergraduate research that integrates teaching concepts and skills with scientific practice in a way normally reserved for graduate programs.
“Right now, with no biology degree like this offered by any public institution in our area, the majority of new local high school graduates and transfer students must leave our community to obtain their education, and many never return,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor of USFSM. “This is the most universal of the undergraduate science degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, and will give students a foundation to build upon that complements whatever lab or research career they wish to pursue.”
Dr. Bonnie Jones, regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs added, “By offering this degree, USFSM is improving the quantity and quality of scholarship and research and providing students with a competitive edge for work in the growing life sciences, health professions and biotechnology industries throughout Florida and nationwide. The hope is that graduates will want to stay and work locally and positively impact our economic growth.”
“The next generation of scientists holds the key to our future, both for developing the economy and for sustaining the natural environments we all depend on,” said Dr. Michael P. Crosby, President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory. “As an independent laboratory that has nurtured rising stars of marine science for nearly 60 years, Mote has much to offer the students entering the USFSM degree program. Our scientists are out there every day working to solve real-world issues facing our oceans, and by teaching this new generation of students, Mote researchers are passing along their own experience, ingenuity and passion.”
Dr. Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and the architect of USFSM’s general education and science programs, looked back at the four-year history of the university’s progress and growth through development of the B.S. in biology, and the Mote partnership. She praised the success of the laboratory build-out and noted that already, freshmen are benefitting from the Mote labs’ exciting setting and equipment, where they are learning to solve problems and develop a creative approach to science.
The biology degree program is the first research program in science at USFSM and officially starts in the fall semester of 2014. New students may apply for admission to the program now, and current students may declare biology as a major at any time. For more information, contact Admissions at 941-359-4330.
At the ribbon cutting event for the new USFSM Teaching Labs at Mote Marine Laboratory, USF Sarasota-Manatee announced the addition of a new Biology degree which will begin in Fall of 2014.